The UNICEF urged on Friday the international community to urgently scale up support for education for children in Beirut following the explosions that destroyed a big number of schools in the city.

“UNICEF is working with its partners in areas affected by the explosions to support rehabilitation of damaged schools and replacement of furniture and equipment, promote school safety guidelines, train teachers in psychosocial support, and coordinate on the distribution of education supplies and early childhood development kits to teachers and caregivers,” the agency said in a statement.

It added at least 163 public and private schools, and 20 technical, vocational education and training schools were damaged by Beirut port’s explosions, impacting around 77,300 students and 7,600 teachers approximately.

UNICEF Lebanon Representative Yukie Mokuo said that education can provide a vital lifeline to children whose lives have been turned upside down by such a disaster, providing a safe space at school and a sense of normalcy amidst the chaos.

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